Evidence for Ancient Events VISUAL EVIDENCE ART ARCHAEOLOGY WRITTEN EVIDENCE LITERATURE INSCRIPTIONS RUNNING RUNNING EVENTS Stade Diaulos Dolichos Hoplitodromos Hippios Lampadedromia but NOT a Marathon STADE Ancient Basis for the Modern Nemean Games
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but NOT a Marathon
When all the runners have taken their positions, and the aphetes (starter, in a white himation) has prepared the hysplex to his satisfaction, the salpinktes will blow his trumpet, and the aphetes will shout out three ancient words which are the rough equivalent of our English "ready! set! GO!"
"poda para poda" (foot by foot)
the first winner, in 720, was ACANTHUS of Sparta
the runners would begin and end their event in the stadium proper, but the race course would wind its way through the Olympic grounds
Harvard 1960.344: Side A: scene at centerPhotograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of Harvard University Art Museums
The Greek War with Persia (490 B.C.)
Do you remember what they mean?
Relief of running hoplite soldier found in Athens 500 BC